We could all use a little boost in the morning, right? Beyond the usual cup of joe or green tea, one of the following five ingredients may also help put a little pep in your step – and, bonus, they’re delicious!
Chia – These tiny seeds sure pack a punch! Chia is a complete protein and rich in fiber, potassium and calcium. In fact, just one tablespoon of chia contains 5 grams of fiber. That’s not all, these little seeds are also a vegan source of essential Omega-3 fatty acids. Sprinkle chia in cereal or smoothies, or allow the seeds to soak overnight for a tasty tapioca-style pudding.
Goji Berries – Did you know goji’s offer a complete source of protein and amino acids making them one of the most nutritious berries on the planet? They also contain trace minerals, B vitamins and vitamins E and C. Sprinkle goji’s on your morning cereal or, enjoy them our favorite way – straight from the bag.
Coconut – If you’re new to the coconut craze, prepare to be impressed. This amazing seed (yes, it is a seed) delivers on all fronts. Coconut water is rich in electrolytes and potassium. Coconut oil delivers healthy saturated fats for sustained energy and coconut meat is high in protein and fiber. Whatever way you choose to add coconut to your diet, your body will thank you. Just be sure you’re selecting unsweetened, organic coconut. We could eat these for breakfast every day.
Cacao – We’re talking about raw cacao beans or powder, not the sugary, chocolate bars found on the candy aisle. On its own, cacao is an amazing health food rich in antioxidants, magnesium, iron, chromium, manganese, zinc and copper. And, according to nutrition expert David Wolfe, it’s nature’s number one weight loss, energy-boosting food. Check out his TEDx talk about chocolate here. Try cacao powder or nibs in a smoothie for a delicious chocolatey boost. We also like it dusted on crunchy coconut chips.
Maca Powder – This super root from Peru offers a host of benefits including helping to balance hormones for PMS and menopause relief, decreasing stress, enhancing strength, and boosting stamina and libido. Because it doesn’t grow in many climates, you’re most likely to find it in powder form in your grocery store. Try it in a smoothie. Here’s a recipe.